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Valiant (The Lost Fleet #4)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  9,115 ratings  ·  210 reviews
Deep within Syndicate World space, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous journey home under the command of Captain John "Black Jack" Geary - revived after a century spent in suspended animation. Geary's victories over the enemy have earned him both the respect--and the envy--of his fellow officers.

"Black Jack" Geary has made many risky decisions as commander, but ord
Mass Market Paperback, 284 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Ace
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Mr. Matt
Black Jack Geary is back! Still trapped deep within Syndicate space, Geary and his ships are starting to feel more confident of eventual escape. They have shattered several Syndicate flotillas, and are now just a few jumps from Alliance space. What could possibly go wrong?

This series continues to exceed my expectations after an extraordinarily 'meh' start. After the first two books I debated going deeper into the series. Now I can't wait to get to the next story. I'll concede that the Space Oper
Doc Opp
I still read it in one sitting, but it's starting to get a bit formulaic:

1) Fleet travels to another star system way behind enemy lines, has to fight battle.

2) Main protagonist agonizes over the fact that he's being held up as some sort of deity like hero when he's really just human

3) Some of the captains in the fleet try to undermine his influence and get him out of the leadership position

4) He agonizes again over the fact that he's being held up as a deity like hero

5) Some random romantic ten

I found this book to be more engaging than the previous two. I don't know if it was because the book starts with a space battle, or if characters and situation seemed to finally be meshing. Whatever combination of factors it was, I felt more drawn into the story line with one exception - I believe I noted in Book 3: Courageous, that I wished the author would just space Co-President Senator Rione. Halfway through Valient I just wanted to space the woman. The petty jealousy building between Captai
Melissa McShane
Book four. I'm thinking it might have been a bad idea to read so many of these within hours of each other; it made sense at the time, with Courageous ending at a pause right in the middle of the battle, but I started to get that sort of overwhelmed mental constipation that...okay, that could just be me. Still.

I have the feeling that this book and Courageous are really one long book, and not just because of that not-really-an-ending. Stuff that's brought up in Courageous gets resolved in Valiant,
Portions of this installment really, really seemed to drag (quite an accomplishment for a book that doesn't even crack 300 pages). Rione has become an almost unbearably obnoxious character to me at this point, and the first half of the book is basically her being an irritating wench about her relationship with Geary (a relationship she's done nothing but swear up and down means nothing to her emotionally). As a female reader I find it equal parts annoying and mildly offensive that the female cha ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I've got to say I'm becoming quite a fan of this series (2 to go now). I was reading the Honor Harrington series and hit a wall with "Her Amazingness" after a while. I do like military science fiction and "good" space opera. I forget how I actually stumbled on these (an add from Audible I think) but the space navy adventure along with the "what would happen if" concerning certain standard mythological ideals, drew me right in.

The biggest problem for me in these books (but may be what some others
Well, looks like we've slogged through another volume of this series. I do find myself still wanting to finish the series because of the unresolved conflicts still skittering around the storyline like lit fuses, but there are times that the story really gets bogged down in the main character's personal issues. Before you label me a hater, allow me to explain that the vast majority of the issues I'm talking about are exactly the same ones that we've been dealing with in extensive and sometimes an ...more
According to GoodReads there are 3,000 reviews of Valiant. I'll take that on faith. Of the two dozen or so reviews I perused many loved the book, others disliked it and a great number sit in the middle. This middle generally enjoyed the read, has read the first three in the series and plans to finish the series as well. The general classification of the book by readers is as a mixture of "military science fiction" and "space opera" which is perfectly reasonable. For many readers the fourth book ...more
-Fácil, ligera y, además, repetitiva.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. La flota al mando de John Black Jack Geary ha escapado por los pelos de los ataques síndicos en el sistema Lacota aunque con daños de consideración, por lo que su decisión de volver al sistema es algo tan osado que sus enemigos (y algunos de sus subalternos) jamás lo esperarían, con el resultado de encontrarse con un gran número de naves pero la mayoría o dañadas o de carácter auxiliar. Con un mensaje en canal abier
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
Valliant by Jack Campbell

This book is in keeping with those that have come before it in the series. It's a solid read that, may not have a lot of bells and whistles, but it does not disappoint. It's straight foreward and interesting.

One thing that raises this book above others in the series is that finally Campbell has a clear message about the only way to honorably participate in war. He set these concepts up in the first three books, but this is the book it becomes clear in.

Let this stand ou
Jason Bruen
Continuing Sci-Fi saga of Captain John Geary as he tries to bring the Alliance fleet home. Prospective readers should read these books in order as they build on the previous entries.

If you've made it this far (book #4), you generally enjoy the series and are curious if Geary will bring his fleet home, defeat the Syndics, or...... Hopefully, most readers fall into the "or" category. The characters are well written and it is enjoyable to follow these characters to see if they will get home or they
Joshua Palmatier
This is the fourth book in the Lost Fleet series. It's military SF, which I don't usually read and/or enjoy, but I have to say that this series rocks. So maybe I do like military SF . . . just only the good kind. *grin* In any case, if you like realistic, hardcore, military SF, then you should be reading this series.

In this book, we get the continuation of the battle at Lakota star system, which in the previous book is where Captain John Geary found his fleet trapped and outflanked by the Syndic
Finally, finally, this series is going somewhere! This is the first of the four books that I actively enjoyed (bits of) so far! The template that books one through three followed almost slavishly has been at least partly done away with and the sub-plots are doing interesting things at last!

The good things from the previous books carry through, like the actions between opposing fleets, although the final battle of the book left even me wondering if the maneuvering descriptions could have been sli
By all rights this was a good book. It kept with the series and there wasn't really anything wrong with it per se. As far as a book 4 goes though, this was pretty lame. I say that because the characters have been going through roughly the same motions of combat for the last four books now and there have been no major plot changes or points. There have been a few conspiracy theories here and there, a few ships dying, lots of interstellar combat, but there have not been any major, and I mean MAJOR ...more
Blimey, I am getting through these fast. Too fast if I am honest; I don't want these to stop, I almost want the Lost Fleet to stay lost, for the adventures to continue. And while I know that Geary's adventures do continue after bringing the fleet home, I still feel like I am running out of Geary, the Fleet and all that comes with it. Damn.

Okay, so the review. An easy Four Stars verging upon 4.5. This book's plot was a lot more intrigue and subterfuge than there was action, and there was a l
Dirk Grobbelaar
This was good, again. I rated it slightly lower than I've been rating the series so far. Considering the cliffhanger ending of Courageous, I thought this book took too long to get into. On the other hand, I was also distracted. I wasn't planning on reading Valiant immediately after Courageous, but I was curious to see what was going to happen at Lakota. There is a noticeable shift in this novel. Expect more intrigue and conniving at the cost of space warfare. Anyway, the series is still going st ...more
Paul Hancock
By now you know what to expect from the lost fleet series. This book gives you what you want, some space battles, Jack being a good guy despite the very low (but increasing) standards of the people he commands, and a bit of long arc mystery.

This book plays a bit more on the strained relationship between Jack, Victoria, and Tanya, which is interesting but not amazing. There is also some more exploration of internal conflict within the battle fleet, and external pressures from the not yet confirme
This is the first Lost Fleet book I have read that gave me what I wanted. Well a little bit of it. In just enough quantities that didn't have me bored to death or overly annoyed by its inconsistencies.

The plot actually thickens amongst the Alliance Fleet. Geary and his confidants use their accumulated Intel to piece together a better picture of the mysterious aliens. Begin subverting the Syndic populous in greater, calculable strides. All said they are getting things done. The old formula has be
Robert Bruce Wooten
I am reviewing the entire Lost Fleet series, not just this title:

I loved the fresh look at space combat. Instead of going the way of Hollywood and countless other authors, by having space combat be atmospheric combat, just in space, this series immerses you in a believable and intriguing life aboard a fighting starship.

As for the main plot, a familiar two faction human civil(spanning many solar systems) war. Nothing groundbreaking, but, it works well.

I want get into the sub-plot, suffice it to
Ian Pattinson
This is the second book in the Lost Fleet series that I've read, and in some ways, it's indistinguishable from the first. The story has much the same steps- the fleet jumps into various enemy occupied systems on the way back to their home space, there are a couple of massed space battles where Captain John Geary's old-fashioned tactics prove superior, the fleet loses a few ships, but destroys far more, someone in the fleet puts the mission in danger because they don't agree with Geary's command ...more
The fourth book in the Lost Fleet series was very good. This series has kept my interest through four books, well five, I read the first book in Beyond the Frontier not realizing it was the seventh book in this series. I love military fiction and this book lives up to the genre. The author having spent time as an officer in the Navy uses this training to spin very real feeling space battles. One the last 100 years the Syndic and Alliance have continued a stalemate that has brought heavy losses t ...more
#4 in the Lost Fleet series. Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, believed killed in a battle against the Syndics 100 years earlier, is found in a survival pod and revived. The Alliance Fleet Admiral puts him in command of the Alliance fleet with orders to get the fleet back to the home system. Geary attempts to do so with old combat methods now unfamiliar to the captains in his fleet.

The Lost Fleet series: John "Black Jack" Geary continues to lead the Alliance fleet back from enemy territory. He is
While still in retreat, Captain Black Jack Geary must engage with the enemy, the Syndicate. It’s a great battle and the author handles it well.

This series is the first that I have read with battling space ships. I have enjoyed the battles sequences – but if this was all that there was to the books, I’d stop reading them. For me, the story and characters are more important – and they’re still pretty good. As the story continues, Geary becomes aware of unknown traitors and saboteurs within the Fle
This book got too love-story-ish. I don't mind romance but it just a weird, awkward sort of romance thing that's only sort of going on. I like that the aliens are getting solidified, that's fun. The political stuff feels less than half baked. Mr. Campbell does a good job of writing interesting military battles, not so much the politics.

Still, my biggest complaint (and why I'm always surprised when I come back to the series) is how friggin' much he repeats everything! From the fact that he was as
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Frank Mikes
I enjoy this series, it's well written, well paced and has good characters as well as clever strategy. Granted, to get to book 4 in a series, if you didn't like the first three I'd think you were doing something wrong. The only negative thing I can see about the series is that Geary seems to be a little too well liked by the author and has a bit too much luck on his side. Granted, this isn't major and I can see that that author has made efforts to avoid this.

The other downside to this book in pa
Jacob Proffitt
The dialogue was a bit dramatic at points, but I'm still loving the series.
Kurt Adam
The fourth book in the original Lost Fleet series surprisingly amps up the action, which I didn't think was possible. The final acknowledgement of what sparked the attacks that began the war and the devious actions of Geary's opponents bring a level of tension that raises the bar over the previous situation. The final discussions between Geary and Desjani also lay some interesting ground-work. We'll see where Campbell goes with these threads and whether he can stick the landing over the final tw ...more
Roddy Williams
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Lots of interesting developments in this fourth book! I don't know why I took a huge hiatus from reading this, it really was a entertaining book and the best since the first one. Most of my thoughts are probably pretty spoiler-y, so they are hidden below...

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